Sussex believe Ollie Robinson will have a point to prove with them in the new season.

The England bowler is expected to appear for the county in early Championship fixtures.

Fitness concerns kept him out of the recent Test series in the West Indies.

His preparation was publicly criticised during the recent Ashes trip to Australia.

Robinson is due back in the Hove nets next week.

He will not be available for the first fixture at home to Nottinghamshire.

But the club expect him to turn out during the six four-day games which open their season.

Sussex coach Ian Salisbury said: “We have been in contact with him throughout the winter.

“He will be back bowling during the first game here.

“He won’t play in that first game but we are hoping from the second game onwards.

“We have been assured he will be available for quite a few games, which is obviously good news.”

Amid the questions over Robinson’s durability, it is easy to forget how he underpinned the Sussex attack for long periods in recent Championship seasons.

Salisbury said: “I know Ollie can’t wait to get back in.

“I think he has got a few points to prove as well.

“If you look back at the evidence from last year, when he left us to start playing for England, we all saw what an amazing impact he had straight away.

“A lot of planning and I believe the best bowling coach in the country will help him get where he needs to get.

“If you look at the media that was around him after his first Test match, we still saw how well he performed.

“We have got every confidence in getting him back to where he wants to be and where England would want him to be.”

Sussex also expect to see Jofra Archer back in their colours this season, most likely in the Vitality Blast.

Salisbury said: “We have had good communication about Jofra as well.

“He is in great spirits again after having a difficult couple of years after his meteoric rise.

“He has fallen back in love with the game because his body doesn’t hurt.”

Fellow Sussex coach James Kirtley added: “It is important that we are quite unique here at the ground in that we have all the facilities on site.

“It is a big attraction to have the net facility here, the ground and the gym facility and any rehab facility here.

“They know they are coming to a very safe environment where we have got fantastic relationships with any of our players.

“Equally they know they have some of the best facilities all on one site and they are not having to scoot off here, there and everywhere.

“It is important we look after the individual.”

Spinner Jack Carson misses the start of the season but Sussex expect to have Cheteswar Pujara available to face Notts.